Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio opposes having a game between Gilas Pilipinas and Indonesia in the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, which will be held at Manama, Bahrain
Based on the initial schedule released for the upcoming window, the Philippine national men’s basketball team will only have three games: against Thailand on November 26 and November 30, and againt South Korea on November 28.
However, reports stated that Gilas Pilipinas will also face Indonesia on November 29.
Panlilio said on Thursday, November 19, that SBP wants the the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to stick with the original competition calendar, and not to move the Indonesia – Philippines game earlier as planned.
“We don’t feel like that is fair to us because that is not scheduled until the next window in February where we play Korea and Indonesia,” Panlilio said during a virtual press briefing.
“Our stand today is we want to follow the calendar, the competition calendar that have been given to us,” he added.
SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan, however, welcomes a game between the Philippines and Indonesia in the second window as long as the match will have no effect on the standings of the teams.
“Since they are there already, as I understand it, happy to play with them. The ruling question is ‘is that game rated or unrated?’ If it’s a friendly game, I don’t think we should have a problem,” Pangilinan said.
“This is a big question mark for us, to put it politely,” said Pangilinan in case the game will impact the rankings of the teams.
Gilas Pilipinas might also play only two games in the window since reports stated the South Korea plans to withdraw from the second window due to concerns over the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.